New American Standard Bible
that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."
King James Bible
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
Darby Bible Translation
that we also may be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and conduct our wars.
World English Bible
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."
Young's Literal Translation
and we have been, even we, like all the nations; and our king hath judged us, and gone out before us, and fought our battles.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Fight our battles - It appears from 1 Samuel 12:12, that the warlike movements of Nahash had already begun to excite alarm.
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
1 Samuel 8:5
and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."
1 Samuel 12:2
"Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.
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